June 28, 2014
AUBURN, Ala. - Auburn All-American Stephanie Rucci placed sixth at the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Collegiate Reining Championships in Oklahoma City, Okla., Saturday afternoon. Rucci scored a 143.5 by the two judges.
Rucci was one of 12 riders and one of only four from the NCEA.
"Stephanie did a great job," Auburn head coach Greg Williams said. "The horse drug a lead in a change and they rushed the first spin on a set, but I am very proud of Stephanie and her career at Auburn. Congratulations to McKenzie Lantz from Georgia on her win today. She, too, has been a tremendous college competitor."
Rucci finished her Auburn career in April after helping the team to two NCEA Championships, competing in both the reining and the horsemanship. She was a two-time All-American earning first-team honors in 2014 for reining and second-team honors in horsemanship in 2013. She also recorded 53 total wins in western riding as a Tiger.
NRHA Derby: The NRHA Derby runs for one week each summer in Oklahoma City and showcases the world's best four-, five- and six-year-old reining horses. Thousands of spectators, exhibitors and horses attend the event each year. The Derby is one of two major events presented by NRHA each year in Oklahoma City and includes two full slates of ancillary reining classes in addition to the aged-event action. The NRHA Derby also hosts the Interscholastic Equestrian Association Western National Finals, United States Equestrian Federation classes and Federation Equestre Internationale classes.